They say people who have seen tough times up, close and personal, are the ones who can teach others how to manage a crisis better than those who haven’t faced such times. Personal experiences, the empathy that is needed and the rational thinking that one needs to rely on during tough times, is something that people with experience can pass on, because they know what worked and what did not.
Dmitriy Akulov, tech innovator and entrepreneur, has a great story about how business leaders can persevere through hard times. He lived through war in Eastern Europe and remembers days when he would have to find the strength to tune out the bombings to work on his brand.
In this exclusive interaction with People Matters, Akulov shares some of his learnings from living through a crisis, how he managed to keep the passion for his work alive even during the time of war, and gives suggestions on how business leaders can persevere through hard times.
Akulov is a leading force behind some of the largest names in the tech world including PerfOps, jsDelivr, and Prospect One. Akulov started jsDelivr, a free multi-CDN for open course projects, at the age of 16. Today, the platform is one of the largest in the world, serving over 65 billion users on a monthly basis.
Here are the excerpts from the interview.
What are some of the leadership lessons that have guided you in the current times of crisis?
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